The arrival of the cherry blossoms is cause for major celebration for the Japanese, and for these two weeks, all the inhabitants in the surrounding areas come to join all the festivities. Tokyo metropolis has a population of 35 million, so you can imagine what the crowds are like here. It is also the richest city in the world, with New York being second. Almost all hotels have been booked for months, along with all guided tours of Tokyo. We usually take the Hop On Hop Off bus tours when we arrive in a new and unfamiliar city, but internet reviews on them were terrible so we had no choice but to figure it out on our own…which means…tackling the Tokyo subway. Yikes.